Lambeth shines in bike friendliness survey

cyclist and parked bikes in busy urban street

Lambeth has been named as the fourth most bike friendly place in England in research by a specialist cycling company.

Sigma Sports discovered the English areas with the most cyclists by using the proportion of adults who said that they cycle at least once a month according to the Department for Transport’s walking & cycling statistics (table CW0302), based on the National Travel Survey and Active Lives Survey.

Cambridge, the only area where more than half (51.2%) of adults of adults ride a bike at least once a month, topped the bike friendliness table.

Second and third were Oxford and Hackney.

RankLocal authorityRegionOnce per monthOnce per weekThree times per weekFive times per week
1CambridgeEast of England51.2%44.8%28.7%19.9%
2OxfordSouth East43.0%35.9%20.8%15.6%
5South CambridgeshireEast of England34.4%27.8%13.9%5.8%
7Richmond upon ThamesLondon31.7%23.8%14.3%8.4%
9Isles of ScillySouth West29.4%26.7%13.0%8.8%

The 10 most bike friendly areas all have more than 25% of their adult residents riding a bike at least once a month and 20% of adults riding a bike at least once a week.

The top four areas, however, have more than 25% of their adults riding a bike at least once a week and over 35% who ride bikes at least once a month.

The docking station at Saltoun Road/Windrush Square – the original construction gad to be moved a few metres nearer the road
Docking station at Saltoun Road/Windrush Square

With only 23% of adults riding bikes at least once a month, Kingston Upon Thames and neighbouring Elmbridge in Surrey were found to be at the bottom of the pile of bike friendly areas.

Cycling in the statistics used refers to any cycling, irrespective of length or purpose, and cover the period mid-November 2019 to mid-November 2020.

The survey report also looks at the most bike friendly European cities and countries using a range of statistics including usage, cost, traffic share, ownership, hire and share availability, and annual cycling fatalities.